Thursday, April 4, 2013

Press-Tribune: Nampa School District Sued Over Furlough Flap

Posted By on Thu, Apr 4, 2013 at 9:53 AM

The Nampa Education Association says the Nampa School District—while knee-deep in a $5.1 million budget debacle—had no business pressuring teachers to alter their contracts, agreeing to furlough days.

The Idaho Press-Tribune reports that the NEA has filed a lawsuit against the district, claim the addendum to teachers' master contracts was unlawful. The NEA said it was not seeking damages, but was looking for a judge to rule on the legality of the contract addendums.

NEA President Mandy Simpson wrote in a press release that she attempted to talk with Nampa District officials on five occasions, but three requests were "completely ignored" leaving the NEA "no choice" but to file the lawsuit.

Meanwhile, Nampa School Superintendent Tom Michaelson issued his own statement April 3 saying, "The NEA has strongly opposed allowing individuals the opportunity to make a personal choice to help reduce costs by volunteering to not work and not get paid."

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